Henry P. Kendall Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Henry P. Kendall Foundation supports healthy and resilient food systems in Boston and throughout New England.

FOCUS AREAS: Healthy food, food sustainability, regional food sources

IP TAKE: This funder discourages unsolicited funding requests. However, it has become a big supporter of efforts in Boston to establish locally sourced markets and food service operations, as well as improving overall access to healthy food produced nearby.

PROFILE: Established in 1957, the Henry P. Kendall Foundation is the family foundation in the memory of the industrialist and philanthropist of the same name. Henry Kendall was known for his success with textile and other manufacturing companies. Kendall’s sons founded the philanthropy and named it after their father upon his passing. The foundation is currently focused on supporting efforts related to healthy food, food sustainability, and regional food sources.

Kendall has been focused on the environment since the 1970s, but it has shifted its goals to address pressing issues of the day. For example, while the foundation was more concerned with land, water and wildlife in the 1970s, in the 1980s it moved over toward work on nuclear non-proliferation and arms control. In 1999, it moved into climate change, starting the nonprofit Clean Air-Cool Planet and then expanding to support several groups reducing greenhouse gas in the Northeast. Since 2009, the foundation has focused on the New England food system. The funder’s long-term goal at a local level is to get to the point that the majority of the food consumed in New England is produced there by the year 2060. Grantees comprise a mix of government agencies, nonprofits both regional and hyperlocal, and area universities and schools. 

Foundation grants tend to range from $10,000 to $300,000 each. View past awards on the funder’s website. Kendall gives to build a regional food system coordinated across six states. But it also backs local case studies in a few key areas—Greater Boston, Rhode Island, and the corridor from Greenfield, Massachusetts to new Haven, Connecticut. With its groundwork strategy, Kendall targets Greater Boston, Rhode Island, and the Route 91 corridor from Greenfield, Massachusetts to New Haven, Connecticut.

This foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications. Also, it discourages organizations from approaching it to seek funding. Direct general questions to the staff info@kendall.org or 617-951-2525.


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